2014 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on Innovation

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 23 categories.

The 27th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 23 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2013 as chosen by you, Control Engineering’s print and digital audience. Review the winners and honorable mentions here to see if their innovative solutions can help you solve one of your most pressing problems.

Also, join us in congratulating these technological innovators. Let them know you learned about their solutions in Control Engineering, and tell them what problems you need solutions for next. Their continuous improvement ensures that manufacturers, machine builders, and automation system integrators can achieve the levels of agility, efficiency, and effectiveness necessary to compete—and win—in today’s global economy.

More than 100 product nominations from 58 companies were listed on ballots for evaluation. Automation professionals from Control Engineering’s subscriber lists—all of whom are responsible for or influence technology purchases, or have hands-on day-to-day interaction with the technologies in each category—then voted to identify the products they felt were the most exceptional based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. The result is a short list of Engineers’ Choice Award winners and honorable mentions in 23 categories. A total of 23 winners and 23 honorable mentions were named for 2014.

Control Engineering staff extends appreciation to all who nominated products and took the time to vote. The 2014 Engineers’ Choice Awards will be presented to the winners on March 31, 2014, in Chicago.

2014 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners

Hardware – Handheld test, measurement, calibration

Fluke 1730 Three-Phase Electrical Energy Logger

Fluke Corp.
Hardware – HMI, operator interface, thin-client



Hardware – Industrial PCs

CX9020 Embedded PC

Beckhoff Automation
Hardware – Integrated
HMI controllers

UniStream HMI Touch Panel

Machine & Embedded Control – Discrete sensors, vision

Inductive Angle Sensors


Machine & Embedded
Control – PLCs

Simatic S7-1500 Controller

Siemens Industry

Motion Control – Drives

Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 525 AC Drive

Rockwell Automation

Motion Control – Motors

Simogear Gear Motors

Siemens Industry
Network Integration – Ethernet hardware

Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 Managed Industrial Ethernet Switch with Network Address Translation

Rockwell Automation
Network Integration –
I/O systems

EP9214 EtherCAT Box I/O Module

Beckhoff Automation

Network Integration – Network hardware

VPort 56-2MP-T Wide-Temperature HD IP Camera

Moxa Inc.
Network Integration – Wireless products

802.11abgn Fast Industrial Hotspot

ProSoft Technology
Power – Energy, power protection

Heavy-Duty Safety Switches

ABB Low Voltage Products
Process Control – Flowmeters

Rosemount 3051SFC Compact Annubar Flowmeter

Emerson Process Management
Process Control – Process sensors

Rosemount 3051 Wireless Pressure Transmitter

Emerson Process Management

Process Control Systems

PlantPAx v3 Process Automation

Rockwell Automation

Safety – Machine safety

AZM300 Solenoid Locking Keyed Interlock Switch
with RFID

Safety – Process safety, intrinsic safety

Liquiphant FailSafe FTL8x Point Level Measuring System


Software – Applications

KEPServerEX v5.12 Communications Platform

Kepware Technologies

Software – Control design

Autodesk AutoCAD
Electrical 2014

Autodesk Inc.

Software – Diagnostics

VantagePoint Energy

Rockwell Automation

Software – HMI software

FactoryTalk View v7
HMI Software

Rockwell Automation
Software – Mobile apps for controls, automation, instrumentation

InduSoft Web Studio Mobile Access

InduSoft Inc.

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